A Tentative Start to 2021 for Irish Pension Managed Funds

After a strong end to 2020, Irish pension managed funds slowed down somewhat during January 2021, declining 0.1% on average over the month. Friends First topped the table over the first month of the year, with a return of 0.7%, while Zurich Life lagged the peer group over the month, with a return of -1.7%.

Over the past twelve months, Irish pension managed funds have delivered a 5.8% return on average. Returns for the past year ranged from 18.6% (Merrion Investment Managers) to -2.1% (Setanta Asset Management).

The average managed fund return has been 6.3% per annum over the past three years. The five-year average return is a robust 7.5% per annum. Irish group pension managed fund returns over the past ten years have been a healthy 8.5% per annum on average.

The full table of results can be found over at our investment fund performance calculator.

Please note: The returns quoted are those experienced by a specific peer group of active balanced managed funds which are used by many pension schemes. Details of these funds can be found on our calculator help page. These returns may be viewed as a rough proxy for the performance of Irish pension funds in the “growth” stage; however, they do not necessarily equate to the experience of the pensions market as a whole, or of any specific pension scheme or member. Nor do they necessarily reflect the relative performance of the investment managers in relation to their broader offerings. These figures are provided for information only and do not constitute investment advice. You should always seek independent financial advice before making any investment decisions.